Bola Tinubu founded The Cece Yara Foundation and is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation. A lawyer who has spent over 25 years advising companies and business owners, Bola currently leads the Corporate Practice of the law firm of Olajide Oyewole LLP (A member of the DLA Piper Africa). Over the last 30 years, she has been deeply struck by the immense scale of child sexual abuse in Nigeria, and the widespread and unspoken acceptance of abuse brought about by cultural, religious and socio-economic circumstances, as well as the lack of recourse and support for child survivors.
She has led the charge for the establishment for Child Advocacy Centres in every state in Nigeria to provide a one-stop child-centred response to children who have experienced sexual abuse, as well as the formal adoption of child forensic interviews in the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases by the Police in Nigeria. The BBC named Bola in its 2018 list of 100 inspiring and influential women around the world, for her pioneering work with children in Nigeria, and she was named as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspiring women in 2019 by Leading Ladies Africa in 2019.
Bola is a Chartered Director, a Chartered Governance Professional, and a Chartered Secretary. She also a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute, U.K.; and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, U.K. She has been certified as a Corporate Director by The Harvard Business School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester, U.K., as well as a Law degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1993, and is a certified Child Forensic Interviewer. She has undertaken training in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, and the Counselling of survivors, as well as Child Protection.